HAPPY RELEASE DAY to Beth White & A Reluctant Belle! I am so pleased to welcome Beth to the blog today to chat about her new book!
Beth White’s day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she writes historical romance with a Southern drawl and is the author of The Pelican Bride, The Creole Princess, The Magnolia Duchess, and A Rebel Heart. Her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers’ Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. Learn more at www.bethwhite.net.
SERIES: Daughtry House #2
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
RELEASE DATE: June 4, 2019
Impoverished Southern belle Joelle Daughtry has a secret. By day she has been helping her sisters in their quest to turn the run-down family plantation into a resort hotel after the close of the Civil War. But by night and under a male pseudonym, she has been penning articles for the local paper in support of the construction of a Negro school. With the Mississippi arm of the Ku Klux Klan gaining power and prestige, Joelle knows she is playing a dangerous game.
When childhood enemy and current investor in the Daughtry house renovation Schuyler Beaumont takes over his assassinated father’s candidacy for state office, Joelle finds that in order to protect her family and her home, she and Schuyler will have to put aside their longstanding personal conflict and develop a united public front. The trouble is, what do you do when animosity becomes respect–and even love–if you’re already engaged to someone else?
Hi Beth! Welcome to the blog!
Beth: Summer. Magnolia-thin skin, I despise being cold.
Carrie: I despise being hot 😛
Beth: Dogs. I don’t have a dog now, and I’m actually allergic to them, but I love to babysit my grandpuppies, Hilo (who makes a cameo appearance in A Reluctant Belle), Poppy, and Chewy.
Carrie: aww i love that!
Beth: Coffee. And I am a snob. I buy my beans and have them fresh-ground at a local shop called Carpe Diem, situated in a Victorian house in the oldest part of Mobile. Such great writing mojo there….
Carrie: that sounds like a lovely shop for blogging mojo too!
Beth: OVER! I am passionate about my toilet paper direction.
Carrie: Since I’ve started asking this question, I have found that most people are pretty passionate about it lol!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Beth: Cell phone detection. Let me explain. I am a high school chorus teacher. Don’t try to hide your cell phone behind a textbook or in your lap or inside your hoodie pocket. I tell my students I went through the FBI cell phone detection academy and graduated at the top of my class. You will not escape.
Carrie: LOL!!!! That’s awesome…
Q: Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?
Beth: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Mysterious Rider by Zane Grey, The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye, The English Witch by Loretta Chase, The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
Carrie: I’ve only read ONE of those which is very sad.
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Beth: How does corn go from the ear to a pot of grits?
Carrie: mmm now i’m hungry!
Q: Which of your main characters is most like you?
Beth: Joelle, heroine of A Reluctant Belle, is an introverted bookworm writer/teacher. That’s pretty much a description of me.
Carrie: ooo i already know i’ll love her then! Take out ‘writer’ and replace with ‘reader’ and that’s me too 🙂
Q: Were there any songs that inspired you as you wrote A Reluctant Belle?
Beth: Though I’m not generally a fan of rap music, one of my favorite alternative rock bands is twenty-one pilots. Songs from their album Vessel were on repeat in my car as I wrote. There’s just something so gut-level honest and humble about lyrics like “I don’t know why I would go in front of you and hide my soul, cause you’re the only one who knows it. I’m standing in front of you, trying to be so cool, everything together, trying to be so cool.” Those words seemed to encapsulate my hero Schuyler’s struggle to prove himself a man of God.
Carrie: that gives me such a great picture of Schuyler & i’m intrigued!
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from A Reluctant Belle & why do you love it?
Beth: This is a quote from a black (recently freed slave) pastor to my heroine, Joelle. She’s brought to him her frustration with the racial animosity perpetrated by people in her church. He says sorrowfully, “May not be soon, may not be in fire. But hatred creates its own hell, you know, child?” I’m not a person who finds bigotry behind every tree, but I see a good bit of hatred coming from all sides in the microcosm of my school. I want Christian young people to wake up and look for ways to love in deed and truth, demonstrating that God truly lives in them.
Carrie: Amen. Hatred is so poisonous, isn’t it?
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Beth: I’m working on the third book in the Daughtry House series. Working title A Reckless Wish, it features the youngest Daughtry sister, Aurora, who tangles with U.S. Deputy Marshal Zane Sabiere. Zane is overtly charged with guarding the Daughtry plantation and key witnesses in an ongoing investigation of Ku Klux Klan violence—while secretly tracking a criminal who escaped his custody five years earlier at the end of the Civil War.
Carrie: You had me at ‘US Deputy Marshal’ 😉 #swoon
Beth White is offering a copy of A Reluctant Belle (OR book #1 A Rebel Heart) to one of my readers! (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you the most about Beth White and/or her new book?